The Secret Agent: The True Story of the Special Operations Executive
The intriguing details of the men and womenmany of them civilians with no qualifications or experiencewho risked their lives to fight this secret war are recounted here. Through the personal reminiscences of these courageous individuals, Secret Agent reveals the covert world of the SOE: how the operatives were recruited; the daring operations they carried out; the radio and coding systems that kept them in touch with London; and the James Bond-style gadgets designed to help them carry out their missions. Breaking their long silence, these brave survivors finally tell their own stories in their own words. More than just a war-time thriller, Secret Agent narrates the true story of this remarkable group of people and the secret war they waged behind enemy lines.
With James Bondesque devices, disguise and sabotage, secret agents became Britain's weapon against Germany after Britain's troops were forced off the continent. In Secret Agent: The True Story of the Special Operations Executive's Covert War Against Hitler, British wartime intelligence operations expert David Stafford (Churchill and the Secret Service, etc.) gives a thorough history of the British government's subversions of German incursions. The book, which includes a map and 38 b&w photographs, accompanies a BBC documentary produced last spring. When Britain had its back against the wall after the fall of France in the summer of 1940, it organized the Special Operations Executive (SOE) to conduct intelligence operations and guerrilla warfare against the powerful Axis forces that occupied Europe. This easy-to-read work recounts the history of its establishment, the intense bureaucratic infighting over its leadership, and the hazardous missions its agents undertook around the world. Numerous excerpts from veterans' memoirs are interwoven throughout the text to provide a human flavor to what could have been a dry recitation of events. A former diplomat and project director at the Centre for Second World War Studies at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, Stafford wrote this book to accompany last summer's BBC2 television series on the same topic. This work nicely complements Stafford's earlier Britain and European Resistance, 1940-45 (o.p.). Suitable for the World War II collections in public and academic libraries, where it should be placed alongside M.R.D. Foot's SOE in France (o.p.). Daniel K. Blewett, Coll. of DuPage Lib., Glen Ellyn, IL Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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